Reading: 1st Corinthians 1: 3-9
Verse Five: “For in Him you have been enriched in every way”.
Paul is writing to a church he loves. He writes to them to strengthen and encourage them as they live amongst a society that loves power, position, and money. This sounds like the setting for many of our churches today. The church in Corinth is apparently being a little judgmental and is having some disagreements within. The church is also failing to treat all of its members equally as the wealthier members are being given better treatment than the poorer members. This also might be a thing or two that we struggle with in our churches today.
Into the current reality, Paul speaks some Gospel truths. He begins by thanking God for the grace that they have been given. It is a grace that has fallen on one and all. Paul then goes on to write, “For in Him you have been enriched in every way”. Here Paul is speaking of both the spiritual gifts that each member has been given as well as of the strength that they can find in Jesus Christ. In reminding them of grace, Paul is reminding them that God gives grace to all people equally. Just as God gives grace freely to all people, God also loves all people equally as His beloved children – not loving this special person more and “that” person less. In reminding them that each has a spiritual gift, he is reminding them that all have value as each gift is needed for the building up of the body of Christ. Paul also knows that at times the walk of faith will be hard. So he also reminds them that God is faithful and will keep them to the end.
Just as this passage was a great reminder of the truths of God for the church in Corinth, so too is it a great reminder for us, the church today. This passage calls us to use the gifts that we have been given, to love others just as Jesus loved all, to lean not into our own strength but to lean into God’s strength instead, and to rest upon the eternal faithfulness of God. In and through all of these things may we find our path today, loving both God and neighbor, as we are each called to do.